Is a radio too much to ask for in a car that costs $2.6 million?
Remember the hypercar holy trinity? That’s now yesterday’s news. In 2019, we will see a new generation of hypercars that utilize Formula One technology from Mercedes-AMG, Aston Martin and McLaren, effectively making them race cars for the road. We’ve already drawn comparisons between the Mercedes-AMG Project One and Aston Martin Valkyrie, but McLaren’s entry is still a mystery. And while AMG has been showering us with details about the Project One since its reveal at Frankfurt, Aston Martin has been quiet about the Valkyrie in recent months.
Thanks to Bloomberg however, we now know that the Valkyrie will be missing one key luxury feature. For $2.6 million, you get seats tailored to your body shape for maximum comfort, and everything from the seats, dashboard, headliner, and trim materials, to the finish and reflectivity of the body panels can be individually customized. Aston Martin is so keen on satisfying customers, it will even create 1:18 scale model of your custom Valkyrie and make any further adjustments. This absurd attention to detail is exactly what you would expect from Aston Martin. What you don’t get in the Valkyrie, however, is a radio. Yes, apparently a radio was too much to ask for in a car that costs $2.6 million.
This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, though. After all, the iconic McLaren F1 also famously didn’t feature a radio, but it did at least have a six-disc CD changer designed by Kenwood specifically for the car. The Aston Martin Valkyrie, on the other hand, won’t have any audio system whatsoever. Instead, you’ll have to subject your ears to its high-revving, 6.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V12 developed by Cosworth. We think we could live with that.